If you tried to check out the debut of Joss Whedon’s new Web-only musical superhero spoof yesterday, you might have run into some trouble: the damn thing was so popular it crashed the Doc Horrible site. But all is fixed now (at least, if you’re in the U.S. and Canada — apparently folks around the world are having some problems watching, which is too bad, and kinda negates the World Wide Webbiness of the thing), so go see what all the fuss is about.
Me? I think it’s a riot. The songs — especially the one in the laudromat (yes, there’s a song set in a laudromat) — sound like something Jonathan Coulton would write. Neil Patrick Harris is adorable, something I never thought I’d hear myself say, as a wannabe supervillain who doesn’t realize he doesn’t really have the cold shriveled evil heart of a supervillain. And what can be said about Nathan Fillion, as Harris’s superhero nemesis? He’s like Captain Amazing from Mystery Men, though even more hilariously arrogant.
Mostly, you have to feel for Harris’s mad scientist, who grapples with that universal dilemma here in Act I: Love, or evil? How to choose…
(next: Act II)